Can you convert a desktop computer to wireless?
Converting your desktop PC system into a Wi-Fi enabled system is a fairly simple process. With this method, you will be able to receive a wireless connection to your computer, enabling access to the Internet through your currently connected DSL or broadband connection in your home or office.
A wireless network adapter is a device that connects your PC to a wireless network. To connect your portable or desktop PC to your wireless network, the PC must have a wireless network adapter. Most laptops and tablets—and some desktop PCs—come with a wireless network adapter already installed.
- Use the following steps to setup the network connection:
- In Microsoft Windows XP click Start, then Control Panel, and then Network and Internet Connections.
- Double-click Network Connections.
- Right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon and select Properties (see Figure 2).
- Click the Wireless Networks tab.
- To connect a router to your computers with a wireless connection:
- Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into your modem.
- Plug the other end of that Ethernet cable into the Internet, Uplink, WAN, or WLAN port on your router.
- Plug in your router.
- On your computer, click Start, and click Shut Down.
- A USB Wi-Fi adapter eliminates the need to hardwire the computer to a router or other network device. The adapter receives signals from a wireless router or other wireless device and translates the signal so the computer user can access the Internet any time they are in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot or wireless network.
To see if your computer has a wireless network adapter, do the following: Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type adapter, and then, under Network and Sharing Center, click View network connections.
- Wide Area Network is a telecommunication network that is used to cover a broad area. Most of the time, the WAN miniport is used to connect to the Internet through a Point-to-point protocol over Ethernet connection. In essence, to connect through the WAN miniport, you must have a valid PPPoE connection set up.
- Microsoft VPN client needs two devices, named "WAN Miniport (PPTP)" and "WAN Miniport (L2TP)", to function properly. Those devices are installed with OS and you can see them if you open Network adapters branch in Device manager, and check "Show hidden devices" in the View menu.
- PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet) is a specification for connecting multiple computer users on an Ethernet local area network to a remote site through common customer premises equipment, which is the telephone company's term for a modem and similar devices.
Updated: 26th November 2019